Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Other countries / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Fiji
Fiji pledges to regain IRB funding
January 12, 2014
Fiji rugby is struggling at the moment © Getty Images
Enlarge

Fiji's cash-strapped rugby union pledged on Sunday to be back on side with the International Rugby Board in four months after its World Cup plans were hit when all financial aid was cut.

The IRB announced on Saturday it had axed all direct financial support because Fiji rugby bosses had failed to implement recommended measures to address "significant concerns regarding the administration and governance of the union". But the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) responded by saying it was dealing with the issues and would still go to the IRB for money if it needed to.

"Please note that all these issues were inherited by this current FRU board and the board expects to clear up all these issues by end of May 2014," the FRU said in a statement. The FRU said it had so far used 80% (AUS$329k - £180k) of a grant towards its 2015 World Cup campaign.

"The FRU Board will only ask for the further funding from IRB only if absolutely necessary or not at all, and reserve this funding for our World Cup preparations. To alleviate the financial crisis the FRU board is currently working on fundraising activities, approaching several sponsors and the Fiji government through the Fiji Sports Commission to assist the FRU."

Although £45k remained in the World Cup kitty, Fiji coach Inoke Male told AFP "more funds from the IRB would have to be good for Fiji".

The FRU this week admitted it was struggling to pay the salary of high-profile Sevens coach Ben Ryan, forcing him to work voluntarily for three months. Ryan said "not a penny" of his salary had been paid and he was living off his savings, including covering the cost of flights home to see his family over the festive season.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

    Nasri - Chelsea look unbeatable

    Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri says Chelsea look invincible at the top of the Premier League table

  • Formula 1

    Emotional Alonso found race start difficult

    Fernando Alonso says he found it difficult to pull away on the formation lap as it dawned on him he was starting his final race for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi

  • Formula 1

    Mercedes let Rosberg down - Wolff

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels his team let Nico Rosberg down to some extent after a reliability issue hindered his chances of taking the title fight to Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

  • Rugby

    Leinster battle to draw in Treviso

    Leinster had to settle for a share of the spoils as they drew 24-24 with bottom of the league Treviso in Italy as Jimmy Gopperth missed a drop-goal chance with the last kick of the game.

  • Formula 1

    The best man won the title - Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg labelled Lewis Hamilton a worthy world champion and played down the significance of the Energy Recovery System (ERS) issue which took him out of contention in Abu Dhabi

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!